Jun 22, 2021 2:23 PM
An Althea and an Ev in Tenebre
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"… I am not tattoo. I am," she pauses, considers, then says, "magic," nodding. "I do magic, fire is magic." She does the fire again.

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"You do not tattoo?"

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She indicates her neck and says, "Not tattoo…?"

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Airta indicates her arms, and her torso, and asks, "Not tattoo?"

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She shakes her head – her arms are currently visible, but she pulls up the sleep to show the shoulder, still with no mark, and indicates her unmarked legs. "No tattoo."

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Well, she's not going to ask Ev to strip. That would be rude. She'll just take as a given that Ev has some sort of bizarre sourceless blessing. Maybe she's utilizing a godtouched plant? It's probably better to ask when she knows more words.

"Person is human? Human is person?"

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She nods. "People," she says, indicating the both of them, "is person and person. Humans is human and human."

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Airta just sort of stands there for a few moments. Then she asks, "Person and person is not person?"

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… Does she not have plurals? "One person," she says, holding up a finger. "Two people," she then says, holding up two and pointing between them. "Three people," she says, holding up three. Then: "One human, two humans, three humans," and she holds up the appropriate number of fingers with each phrase.

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Airta sighs in relief.

"One noun, two noun, three noun...?"

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"One noun, two nouns, three nouns. … One thing, two things, three things. Noun is thing."

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"Thing." She has a little bit of trouble fitting her mouth around the word. "One, two, three?"

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"Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten," she says, counting them up. Then she puts her fingers down and says, "Numbers. One is a number, two is a number, one and two are numbers."

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Airta nods.

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"I talk," she says, pointing to her mouth. "I am talking." Then she jumps. "I jump." And then she does it a couple more times, and while doing it, says, "I am jumping."

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These are not words that Airta needs, in particular. She nods again, though.

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Ev was more meaning the grammar, but okay.

She spends… quite a long while covering more vocabulary and grammar with Airta, actually – apparently she doesn't have anything else to be doing, such as possibly asking someone what the hell in reference to the newcomer – but eyes the town a bit from time to time, making sure nobody's coming out to check on her.

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Airta is kind of surprised that Ev is willing to spend so much time teaching her the language, but doesn't intend to comment until she has the vocabulary to properly express gratitude (which she expects will take a while, given how Ev seems to choose words to teach.) She picks up vocabulary and grammar quickly, with only occasional bouts of utter bewilderment. She never quite gets articles, though.

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Well, articles aren't really that necessary, especially with lots of use of pointing. She gets to the words of gratitude after she does imperatives, because of course those are super useful when you're in a foreign country, but still.

And then she tries to get some information about what Airta knows about magic – magic tattoos? Ev is almost certain they don't have those! Well, you could have them, but they're at least not standard, so she's not sure why Airta expected her to have one, so it's possible she knows about something useful.

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Airta knows a lot about magic! She knows almost as much about magic as anyone in her world does! Which isn't very much. She knows that semi-random people, animals, and plants at semi-random times gain semi-random magical abilities, and also a mark somewhere on their persons that seems to correspond loosely in design with the ability gained. Some bloodlines tend to get more semi-random abilities than others. That's pretty much it. She doesn't seem to view the mark and the ability as being directly related.

She also thanks Ev for teaching her the language.

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Ev is happy to be thanked and then apologizes because she has never had to teach a language before. "… Magic is not like that here."

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Airta has nice things to say about Ev's improvisational skills! "I kinda guessed," she says about the magic.

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She smiles and then asks if there are any obvious words that are missing from her vocabulary that she would like, and then fills them in if applicable.

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Airta has a lot of obvious words missing from her vocabulary that she would like! Unfortunately, some of them don't seem to exist in this language. She doesn't understand how you get along without words to temporarily designate things without known names. It doesn't seem like a very good design choice not to include them, she doesn't say, because that would be rude.

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… If she conveys how these words are used, Ev will actually also agree that they sound useful and agree that it's probably annoying that they're not included.

And then she will ask if it's rude to ask about someone's magic or if she can do that, and also what is her particular magic if she doesn't mind sharing?

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